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Hottentot

[ hot-n-tot ]
/ ˈhɒt nˌtɒt /
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noun

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Origin of Hottentot

1670–80; <Afrikaans; origin uncertain

OTHER WORDS FROM Hottentot

Hot·ten·tot·ic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for Hottentot

Hottentot
/ (ˈhɒtənˌtɒt) /

noun offensive

plural -tot or -tots a former name for Khoikhoi (def. 1)
any of the languages of this people, belonging to the Khoisan family

Word Origin for Hottentot

C17: from Afrikaans, of uncertain origin

usage for Hottentot

When referring to the people the accepted word nowadays is Khoikhoi . Hottentot continues to be used for some animal and plant names, as in Hottentot fig
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